Deal Watch - 3/26/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 9:03 PM



Baker & McKenzie advised Goldman Sachs International on Taiwan law while A Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett advised the Goldman on US law. The landmark deal involved Goldman Sachs being an initial purchaser of the first GDS offering by an Asian issuer (in this case, Gintech Energy Corporation) this year, and also the...

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Regulatory Changes - 3/26/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 8:03 PM



The proposed acquisition by Coca-Cola of China Huiyuan Juice Group Limited, the nation’s leading producer of fruit and vegetable drinks, was denied last week by China Ministry of Commerce in its application of the Anti-Monopoly Law. The three reasons that were cited by the government were 1) it would enable Coca-Cola to...

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Office Openings - 3/26/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 8:03 PM



SJ Berwin has almost secured permission to launch its first Asian office in Hong Kong. If it does actually obtain it, Consultant Daniel Liew will become the firm’s Asia managing partner. Commercial partner Peter Tse as well as real estate partner Hans Thomas Kessler and partner Giovanna Kwong would join him as well. Thi...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 3/26/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 7:03 PM



Latham & Watkins promoted three lawyers to partnership thus far this year. One of them is Daiske Yoshida, who has become a partner in the Tokyo office’s litigation department. Yoshida is qualified to practice in New York and Japan (where he is registered as a foreign attorney or Gaikokuho-Jimu Bengoshi). He has prim...

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Office Openings - 3/12/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on March 12, 2009 at 8:03 PM



Both Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe and McDermott Will & Emery have decided to delay their international office openings respectively in the Middle East and Tokyo. Orrick originally had wanted to open in early 2009 through a merger with a local firm, but the global chairman Ralph Baxter stresses that while  the f...

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Office Openings - 3/05/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on March 5, 2009 at 9:03 PM



K&L Gates has launched its office in Singapore, which is its fifth in Asia and makes a total of 70 Asia-based lawyers. The office will primarily focus on technology, transportation, energy, financial services, and investment funds practices. In the future, it plans to broaden into digital media, maritime practice ar...

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State of the Market Report

by: Ash Kalb

Posted on March 4, 2009 at 5:03 PM



Even if Your Ship Isn't Sinking, it Could be Time to Jump - An Analysis of Hiring Trends in Overseas Legal MarketsNo one would deny that in the past few months the legal job market has been less than robust.  A few weeks ago 317 attorneys were laid off in a single day.  Legal hiring has undeniably suffered under the wei...

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Partner Moves & Promotions - 2/18/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on February 18, 2009 at 3:02 PM



Watson Farley & Williams (WFW) has strengthened its office in Singapore by adding corporate partner Christopher Muessel, bringing the number of partners there to seven. Muessel previously worked at Duane Morris’ Singapore office. He concentrates on project financing in Asia (but focuses on Vietnam related ones). As ...

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Regulatory Changes - 2/17/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on February 17, 2009 at 11:02 PM



The following is a brief summary of several interesting regulatory changes which have taken place in the international legal market over the past several months:On December 6 2008, the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) circulated the new M&A financing rules called “Guidelines on Risk Management of Loans Ex...

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Deal Watch - 2/17/09

by: Aleena Khan

Posted on February 17, 2009 at 11:02 PM



Lovells represented HK Electric on its acquisition of a 45 percent stake in three China power plants from Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Ltd., one of HK Electric’s major shareholders. The deal was worth HK$5.68 billion, and Lovells Asia corporate team was led by Jamie Barr.Clifford Chance and Linklaters have worked...

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